By Blake Neff - 08/16/13 09:35 PM EDT
Sens. Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (D-Colo.) and Ron WydenRon WydenWhy you should care about National Whistleblower AppreciatIon Day Dems push to require presidential nominees to release tax returns Legislators privacy fight coincides with FCC complaint MORE (D-Ore.) warned Friday that recent revelations of privacy violations by the National Security Agency (NSA) were “just the tip of a larger iceberg.”
Udall and Wyden, who both sit on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a joint statement that the new leak vindicated past claims that “violations of [privacy] laws and rules were more serious than had been acknowledged.”
They implied, however, that privacy violations when far further than was revealed Thursday.
“While Senate rules prohibit us from confirming or denying some of the details in today’s press reports, the American people have a right to know more details about the scope and severity of these violations,” they said.
The senators urged the Obama administration to release additional information about the nature of government surveillance and possible violations of the law.
They also called for greater transparency in the operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and for the appointment of a public advocate to contest executive branch claims made before the court. In a press conference last week, President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump spokeswoman: Position on immigration “not really complicated” Seven ways the Clinton Foundation failed to meet its transparency promises Administration proposes visa program for entrepreneurs MORE promised to create such an advocate.